proviso: i give this show 5 stars based on great performance quality of the first set and crisp sound quality of the download.
the show starts with a decent stranger (nothing to write home about unless the tour bus broke down and you have nothing else to do). decent FOTD, brent sounds pretty good on the piano setting. the real action starts with c.c
. rider. the leads by brent and jerry are down and dirty blues, brent leaning heavy on the B3, bob's vocals are ferocious, and jerry and bob turn it up loud at the end. i'm not sure how to describe brown-eyed women except to say the guitar playing is vintage garcia, i'm never really sure where the leads begin and end. the band is tight on mama tried > mexicali blues with great vocals by weir and fantastic leads by garcia. next comes my favorite version of jimmy row. by '82, the haunting fragility, more pronounced in later years, had started to creep into garcia's voice, backed up perfectly by brent and bob. great LLR with jerry playing rain drops on the first lead. decent stagger lee, a song i always look forward to because of the funny lyrics. promise land closes the set with garcia chopping loud chuck berry chords and finishing strong.
one other note: the second set starts unusually with a grinding version of never trust a woman. if you like this song, check out the version played second set at long beach 8-28-81. the band plays a nice version of the wheel, but when brent starts leading into never trust a woman, jerry backs him off and jams out the wheel for another three or four minutes. when they finally go into NTAW, garcia lays down some leads that IMO best define his blues power. VERY HOT!!